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Robert Plant, Kronos Quartet, and Toumani & Sidiki Diabaté have been nominated for Songlines Music Awards. Plant’s label debut, lullaby and… The Ceaseless Roar, and Kronos Quartet's 40th-anniversary release A Thousand Thoughts are nominated for Cross-Cultural Collaboration of the Year. Kora master Toumani Diabaté and his son Sidiki are up for Best Group of the Year for their album Toumani & Sidiki. All of these albums were included among Songlines' Best Albums of 2014. Songlines will release a compilation album featuring all nominated artists. Winners will be announced on May 1.Read more|Journal Topics:Artist NewsArtist NewsTuesday, March 17, 2015|1 comments
Rhiannon Giddens has announced European tour dates for the summer, featuring music from her debut solo album, Tomorrow Is My Turn. The shows begin June 30 at Islington Assembly Hall in London with stops in Paris, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Hamburg, Stuttgart, and Dublin, culminating at the Cambridge Folk Festival on August 1. Tickets go on sale starting this Friday, March 20. Giddens and the band kick off a US tour at the Big Ears Festival on March 28.Read more|Journal Topics:Artist News On TourArtist NewsTuesday, March 17, 2015|0 comments
Punch Brothers performed two songs from their new album, The Phosphorescent Blues, on CBS This Morning: Saturday: "Boll Weevil" and "Magnet." You can watch both songs here. "Formed in 2006, each of the five musicians were well-known for their musical skills," says the show, "but together, they have become a force beloved by critics and audiences worldwide."Read more|Journal Topics:Artist News Television VideoArtist NewsTuesday, March 17, 2015|0 comments
Trio Da Kali is a group of musicians from the Mande culture of southern Mali who come from a long line of distinguished griots. Formed of voice, ngoni, and balafon, the Trio aims to bring a contemporary twist to ancient and neglected repertoires. Its debut EP is now available digitally from World Circuit, distributed in North America by Nonesuch Records.Read more|Journal Topics:Album Release Artist NewsArtist NewsMonday, March 16, 2015|0 comments
Punch Brothers stopped by NPR to give a Tiny Desk Concert. The concert opens with a special surprise for Thile, who happened to be celebrating a birthday that day, followed by a performance of four songs from their new album, The Phosphorescent Blues. Thile, "along with this versatile and talented group, rocked our world," says host Bob Boilen. "Punch Brothers mixes bluegrass, pop and classical music. It's a tough combination to imagine, and an even harder one to make work, but this band ... makes the unimaginable contagious and fun. They push boundaries and make music like no one else." Watch the Tiny Desk Concert here.